Maryland Flooded With Almost 900 Medical Marijuana Applications

MARYLAND: Applicants seeking to be among the first in the state to legally grow, process or dispense medical marijuana flooded the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission with 882 submissions before a recent deadline, meaning interest in the nascent industry far outpaces available licenses.

The huge number also means officials have been wading through mounds of additional applications since a submission period closed Nov. 6. The medical cannabis commission said that evening it had processed 355 applications with many more to go.

But the state updated its statistics Thursday, adding that most among the new tally of 882 applications were from those seeking to sell medical marijuana. The medical cannabis commission received 705 dispenser license applications, 102 grower license applications and 75 processor license applications. The application period opened in September.

‘Kettle Falls Five’ Members Get Prison Time In Federal Marijuana Case

WASHINGTON: The marijuana grow that netted jail time for four members of a self-proclaimed medicinal farming family out of Stevens County may have started with good intentions, but ended as a “distribution center,” said the federal judge who handed down their sentences Friday.

“Maybe that was a byproduct of being so successful,” said U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice, ruling the members of the so-called Kettle Falls Five grew more than 150 pounds of marijuana in the hills of Stevens County between 2011 and 2012.

Rice sentenced Rolland Gregg to 2 years and 9 months in prison. He gave Gregg’s wife, Michelle, and his mother, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 1 year and 1 day in federal custody. All will remain out of prison pending an appeal, a notice of which will be filed in the next two weeks, said lead defense attorney Phil Telfeyan.